So our first full 1 week trip in our bunkhouse was last week. Drove from Birmingham down just east of Destin, FL to Topsail Hill State Park and stayed there.
Drive down was unremarkable - kids actually did great - was so amazing to stop off on side of road at some abandonded gas station on I think highway 55 south and just go eat lunch in the trailer, use the bathroom, and let my 3 year old roam around in some weeds looking at bugs for 10 min or so.
I booked my spot as I recall in february or march and there were like 4 spots left at all...we got spot seven....most all of the spots at Topsail are very nice, and achieve nice seperation from the neighbors but this first area of the site is pretty wide open - at my 114 spot in january you had such a nice isolation when going out to relax, cook, etc...but still it was ok, and the weather was near perfect most days and we had a blast.
We ended up biking with our kids and beach stuff instead of taking the "tram" (which runs at top of hour every hour 9am-7pm. lovely bike ride and gave us total flexibility with unpredictable kids on beach).
Put my first "ding" in the airstream...somehow someone allowed the door to catch and fligh a bit too hard and instead of simply latching into the latch of the side of the AS, it appears that the area where the key goes in to operate the deadbolt slightly contacted the aluminum panel causing a very very small penny size ding...barely noticeable....when I first saw it I flinched and thought it was a spot for a rivet...gave me the idea of finding a rivet and glueing it over that little spot and make it appear that way...I put a tad of clear coat from a clear coat pen on that scratch and moved on, its very small, no biggie...wife and I will be more cautious about that issue!
On the trip back home, we stopped at a "gitty up and go" gas station to get a snack and let my 3 year old use their bathroom...this near andalusia, AL on highway 55 North...left truck running with wife, daughter, and boston terrier in truck....wife then got out with daughter leaving dog inside after turning off engine and leaving keys in ignition to bring daughter inside for a minute....dog then uses paw to depress the LOCK button and lock keys and cell phones IN truck....used phone from gas station to call AAA - the employees of "gitty up and go" did not know the address and the AAA rep after I gave her 2 businesses surrounding thought she had the right address - gave the tow service the wrong one, which ended up no big deal cause he just went to the next gitty up and go and that was us...about a 45 min wait total...put the awning out during this time and a couple chairs and snacked....dude put this wire thingie through the door and was able to hit the unlock button (pretty impressive)...and we were on our way...got home fine and dog did not die
I have now on order a lock box (button combination type) and have a storage scheme for key backups.
My propride hitch during both hitch ups was giving me a hell of a time getting it properly lined up....need more practice with it...first few times I have done it flawlessely with no issues, this trip it seemed I was not getting it quite right...but no biggie got it done fine in both cases.
We had 30amp only at our spot and first half of the week in the low 80s, it pretty much had to run all day to keep it down around 74 or so (reminder, there was no tree cover in this spot, otherwise I think it would have run half as much, I deployed all awnings including street side most of the time during the day hours) - we stayed comfortable and slept well most of the trip, kids as well.
The new heavier duty drawer catches we replaced did not let go of any drawers this time in transit.
We had one overhead compartment door come off the hinge when the screws that held it to the hardware ripped out of the wood - I was able to fix this, but noticed that many of the screws holding the other doors had been as I suspected overtightened by JC - about half of these screws are nice and tight, and others just keep on turning - my assumption is this was done with electric drills improperly set up for this task...applying wood glue to all of these to correct soon and frankly will try and inspect any and all such screws for once stripped out and repair them similarly now.
Used the sewer solution again without using the integrated flush - worked fine, ableit much slower I think...I just did other things while it was draining (packing the truck etc), then once done I run the AS internal sewer flush a few times until it all came out pretty clear...then dumped grey water, then used sewer solution flush to clean out...and done...
Put the airstream rug outside as it just traps sand...man, how do people with carpets go to the gulf beaches?!?! Also, how in the hell do I keep sand and grit out of the front queen bed when my wife drags around her blanket at times on the floor in the morning and evening and with two small kids? (rhetorical question I presume).
Smores over my lazy man propane fire pit every evening, used my grill and made alot of food - burgers, zuchinni, asparagus, corn, hot dogs...wife napped alot - kids LOVED the beach and we all stayed very comfortable and most of the time did not even need or bother with an umbrella...strip kids down and used AS outdoor shower to get rid of sand....and somehow...and this is some sort of miralce...my youngest in diapers still did not poop while at the beach...ever....
Met some great folks too...neighbors next to us were from Quebec, they pulled a small travel trailer of some sort - very small - with what looked like a toyota matrix (or somesuch compact) and two kayaks on top....other side of me another similar setup, but they had a pickup truck and were from PA on a 3 week trip down through this region. Also met a fun couple of guys who offered the wife and I free mixed drinks - they were staying in a big motorhome - it was a very new appearing winnebago - pretty fancy looking - they were both retired airforce - had a hilarious sign on the front (along with a few others) "free drinks tomorrow", made me chuckle.
We had a blast...in 3 weeks we are camping KID FREE for a 4 day weekend over at Vogel State Park in GA...really psyched!